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call." i am trish regan and we are 09 minutes into today's trading. market lower amid ben bernanke's comments and we'll talk about the fed's exit strategy and what it means for your money right now. hey there, larry. >> hey, trish. i'm larry kudlow, conflicting reports on whether there's a european plan to bail out greece. we'll have a live report from brussels and we'll discuss what needs to be done right here. good morning, melissa. >> as toyota's problems mount we ask are cars just too overengineered and sophisticated computers doing more harm than good. this is "the call" on cnbc. >>> it looked like it was going to be a positive day on this snowy morning in new york city as traders remained optimistic that there would be a bailout for greece, but then germany said there was no imminent plan and the rallies stalled and after ben bernanke announced the fed's exit strategy. take a look at how the s&p 500 is trading. it is down seven points on the day and it's two-thirds of a percentage point. take a look at the dow, it's down 59, almost 60 points and that's 0.1% and sitting below
not agreed to anything yet. >> and ben bernanke will be releasing his ideas on how the fed is going to pull back from its current role of propping up the economy in every way, shape, and form. we're going to have that live at 10:00. i know his comments are coming out, mark. i'm not sure if he's actually going to physically be there because you know in washington it's a little snow. what are they going to do? >> i think they now have a total of 50, five zero, inches on the ground. >> yeah, yeah. >> we also have big snow issues in new york, baltimore, philadelphia, airports closed, schools closed. it's a real mess. this is a live picture. >> wow. >> well, it was a live picture of reagan national airport. it is empty. >> that's amazing. it really is. mark, you know i remember when there was a forecast of snow things would be shut down and called off and to your point pretty incredible what has been going on there. snowmageddon. that's an amazing picture, live. no one at the airport. >>> the futures right now are plus 0.70 on the s&ps. we needed 1.42 to get to fair value. so it's very close to
on a bailout for the debt-strapped country. >>> on exit strategy, ben bernanke unveiling his plan for the fed's next move. and the house of mouse, disney posting strong quarterly results and investors are responding. a cnbc exclusive with ceo bob ieger, "squawk box" begins right now. >> good morning, everybody. welcome to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick. joe and carl are out today. steve liesman is spending the week on set with me and this morning we are joined by "fortune" magazine editor andy soerwer. >> good to be here. >> meantime, wall street is bracing for a winter storm this morning as the second snowstorm in a week descend eds on new york. washington, philadelphia, they are expected to be hit and hit hard. the federal government in washington is closed for a third straight day at an estimated cost of $100 million in lust productivity. government offices in boston, baltimore and philadelphia all announcing that they will be closed. congress, by the way, is canceling votes and rescheduling hearings. the united nations headquarters in new york city shutting down schools all th
much, sharon. we're not getting as much volatility today as yesterday although ben bernanke's tax did get a little movement. if you look at two-year yield it's slightly elevated and you look at the curve it's know changed. there's a potential for an exit strategy as depicted by that text. if you look at the next chart, indeed the euro versus the dollar has been mostly down, but it is bouncing back a bit especially in the last hour or so, keeping up with the headlines and some of those headlines, hey, the checks didn't have a good day and they sold an additional 150 million u.s. equivalent of their 15 year. they wanted to sell more, but portugal had better luck selling u.s. equipment of the 4 billion of ten-year note and let's hop across the pond and rebecca me ham. >> let's take a check of what's happening in europe and it's all about greece. no surprise there and we check on the fotse, the cac and the dax. 2.4% higher for greek eiquities today. we know we've had the european finance chiefsi having a conference call today. the ecb governing body is having a call tonight and tomorrow a
year. government spending has done next to nothing. bernanke still has no real strategy. we're going to get to all of that with our market panel. who joins us now to talk about these many events of the week. we have peter morici of university of maryland. dan fitzpatrick and john carney returns. you know, dr. frolick, i want to begin with you. not greece, not the euro, not the snows, nothing really week.d stocks from going up the market has peaked in mid january and hasn't moved much in many months. but the fact remains, things may not be so bad. weigh in. >> i think it comes down to earnings, larry. we got some great efshgs. across the board, time warner, ann taylor, a look at comcast, even moodie and sony, it wasn't just earnings, larry, it was top-level revenue growth. the big picture, when you look at china, understand even with them slowing down, when they slowed down the first time, china banks still let $2 billion this january. third highest on record. as investors you have to realize this is money already in pipeline. when you think of china mustard seeds, larry, they're abou
the height of the economic crisis. ben bernanke was expected to testify but the hearing was canceled because of the snow. bernanke says the fed will likely raise it is interest rate it pays banks. raise the rate but analysts say that could hurt folks looking for consumer loans because banks have incentive to sit on their money rather than lend. this is the cycle and we're gob to move forward. bernanke says the move is months away and claims it's best for the fed to recoup the money it loaned out. you may wonder why would the federal reserve do something to make it more difficult to get loans? at the same time, the obama administration wants banks to extend loans to small business to say they can hire more workers. it's a central component of the job creation plan. major garrett has more. how can each happen at the same time, as if i didn't know? >> i've talked to senior administration officials and of course the federal reserve is an independent agency, the white house and treasury department don't like to talk about the policy but the federal reserve and government are more interlinked sinc
tonight. thank you. the federal reserve chairman ben bernanke laid out the blueprint for the fed's plan to recoup all the money it loaned out in the great recession and in turn winding down the stimulus program. bernanke issued a statement saying the fed will try to raise the interest rate it pays banks to keep money in the u.s. central bank. analysts say that way banks would be less inclined to put money on risky investments. but they also say that could hurt consumers because those banks would have more incentive to sit on their money and earn interest rather than lend it out to you and me. but, bernanke says the plan will not be implemented until the economy is on a firmer footing. on wall street, the stock market managed to steady itself before the closing bell today. after hearing bernanke's plans concerning the central bank, stocks suffered sharp early losses before reversing course later in the day. the market ended up just about where it started. the dow dropped 20 to close a little bit above the 10,000 mark. the nasdaq down 3. the s&p off 2. while the fed works on the financial
a big eye there. let's get a check on wall street where fed chairman ben bernanke is making investments nervous. sfoks are down after bernanke outlined the ways fed can pull back on the $1 trillion being used to prop up the economy. today's house financial services commity hearing was postponed because of the snow in d.c. the fed decided to release bernanke's prepared remarks anyway. so we are going the keep our eye on how the markets respond there throughout the day. you can see as we stand still above the 10,000 mark but down 37 points on the day. stocks are low on fears any move by the fed to pull out money from the financial system could hurt the recovery. >>> the sex scandal surrounding john edwards is back in the news. today's the deadline for former aide to turn over an alleged sex tape. senior investigative correspondent lisa myers joins me now. has he done it yet? is the plan that he will turn it over during a court hearing? >> well, as of a couple of hours ago the tape was in the sheriff's office in north carolina. and was going to be delivered to the court around 2:00 today w
times larger than any other increase in wall street's history. moving on, fed chairman ben bernanke will be in the li limelight tonight. he will deliver part one of a semiannual speech on the economy and monetary policy today before the house financial services committee and one of the things he may say is that last week's hike in the discount rate was just a technical move, not a history in policy. with that, willie, back over to you. >> all right. thank you so much. >>> still ahead here on "way too early," snooki and the situation go into the lion's den to answer some tough questions from the ladies of "the view." the question is who asks tough questions of cast of "the jersey shore"? >>> plus yesterday i showed you my rare night on the town. today, i reveal my grim daily reality. a behind the scenes look at how "way too early" is made in the middle of the vancouver night. it's a touching story no family will want to miss. >>> all that and ginger ze with weather. all that when we come back. >>> welcome back to "way too early." live pictures of downtown vancouver, all quiet and rai
that was reiterated by ben bernanke on capitol hill, people started buying stocks. our futures are down right now so this roller coaster ride looks like it will continue today. >> i'm assure you were watching prosecute akio toyoda testified before lawmaker on capitol hill. what did you make of tat testimony and his appearance there. >> i thought he was very sincere. i thought that he was very good to speak in english and not do the ## (voice of translator): later as best he could. i thought congress was very easy on him compared to the way they treated tim geithner and ben bernanke and some others here over the last few months. but by and large, i think the meat and potatoes was the day before. i think that was when we really got to the crux of the matter what we needed to do and what congress needed to do as a governing body in relation to the situation. i think yes, there was more of an opportunity for the president to speak to the american people, the president of toyota, that is, and he did that. >> thank you, chris. we'll see you tomorrow. and here at hem, just what you thought it was safe tou
efforts by raising interest rates. chairman ben bernanke outlined the effort in written testimony for a congressional committee. bernanke said the economy still needs an easy money policy for now, but he added: "at some point the federal reserve will need to tighten financial conditions." the talk of higher rates kept wall street at bay. the dow jones industrial average lost 20 points to close at 10,038. the nasdaq fell three points to close below 2,148. thousands of workers in greece staged a national strike today, protesting a government plan to freeze salaries and cut bonuses. the 24-hour strike closed schools, and brought air travel to a halt. we have a report from john sparks of independent television news. >> reporter: it's easy to say, the 24-hour strike closed greece filed a test case for other indebted states. its huge socialist government plans been cuts. for many here on the streets of athens today it is not acceptable. "the capitalist government has declared war on the working classes. we will respond with war-like measures," said this mp. the government wants to raise
bernanke. he'll be delivering his semi-annual testimony before congress today. also tomorrow. you can bet those questions from lawmakers will focus a lot on unemployment in this country, the outlook for the overall economy and interest rates from the fed. what happened last week that's really going to play in here, the fed surprised wall street. they raised the interest rate that they charge banks for emergency loans. a lot of focus on that today expected as well. we're also going to keep a close eye on the housing sector today at the top of the hour. we'll get a report on new home sales. it is expected to show actually some good news that home sales jumped 5% last month. meantime, we've got one of the nation's biggest home builders toll brothers reporting earnings. the company also saying, listen, the housing market is still "in choppy waters but the seas are getting calmer." toll brothers reported its first quarter loss, narrowed a bit from a year ago. that's good news on the housing front. shares are up just slightly, about 2% this morning. the dow industrials is pretty strong open. up
assurances by the federal bank. ben bernanke offered an up beat report on the nation's recovery yesterday. he told congress interest rates will remain low to encourage borrow ing. the dow rose 91 points after dropping more than 100 the day before. >> we have no idea which way the economy is going. bernanke has no idea which way the economy is going. >>> officials in florida are collecting eyewitness accounts in yesterday's deadly attack at seaworld, orlando, where an experienced trainer was killed by a 12,000-pound whale. the 40-year-old victim was snatched from the platform as the audience looked on in horror. witnesses say the killer whale thrashed her back and forth and dragged her under water. it's the third time this killer whale has been involved in a human death. >> the third time. a killer whale kills three times. the officials say they're not going to put the whale down wha killer whales do. >>> time to go to willie geist looking at what's going on in vancouver. willie? >> reporter: that's a terrible story, mika. let's move on to the olympics here. the hockey was the big story yester
uptick in global trade activity. fed chairman ben bernanke beginning to lay out a strategy for weaning the economy off the stimulus plan. the time for such steps has not yet arrived. a surprise dip in mortgage applications as rates on 30-year loans fell to their lowest since debs and wall street looking at a bailout for debt burdenened greece. now back to "hardball." >>> welcome back to "hardball." the headline in the "washington post"/abc poll. good news for republicans. bad news for the democrats. it reads on major issues republicans gain ground on president obama. what do both parties make about the shifting ground? steve mcmahon a democratic strategist, todd harris a republican strategist. if you are a democrat these are big, bad numbers. in february of this year, the democrats were trusted by 56% of the people. which party do you trust to do the better job coping the the main challenges. the white side is a year ago. the democrats were big on the trust issue, unemployment, health care, foreign policy. look at the numbers 43 to 37. the democrats only a little bit ahead. six points
bernanke back for round two, and stephanie elam back. another rally today? >> sorry, kyra, i don't think we will get a repeat one. >> that was a sarcastic, laugh. hell no, kyra. >> yeah, pretty much. we will not see the same picture. but bernanke will deliver the same testimony today but this time before the senate banking committee. yesterday, investors were happy to hear they were going to keep key interest rates for a while longer. they raised the discount rate on what they charge to banks, and if that happened it could slow the recovery and it's a precarious time for the economy. investors jumped up and cheered ben bernanke after he said he was staying the course. and then the debt problems in greece may be getting worse. as i was saying, we are looking for triple digit losses out the gate. and that's what we have. the dow off 137 points. and so no, as i was saying, no, not another rally, at least not to start. >> gosh, okay. shut me down. thank you, steph. definitive. there we go. let's move on. >>> hummer goes the way of pontiac, and stud baker. the deal to sell the brand to a chinese
of these issues. by the way, ben bernanke's going to be up on capitol hill next week, i think, and he's going to talk about his so-called fed exit strategy. my gosh, will the fed exit in my lifetime? i'm kind of suspicious about that. you're watching the kudlow report. we'll be right back. i was just in town for a few days, and i was wondering if i could say hi to the doctor. is he in? he's in copenhagen. oh, well, that's nice. but you can still see him! you just said he was in... copenhagen. come on! that's pretty far. doc, look who's in town. ellen! copenhagen? cool, right? vacation. but still seeing patients. oh. [ whispering ] workaholic. i heard that. she said it. i... [ female announcer ] the new office. see it. live it. share it. on the human network. cisco. >>> all right. how now dow jones? we're talking stocks here. the averages turned around at the end of the day and finished with a small positive. off about .5% for the week, off about 7% in the so-called correction since mid-january. we're having liz ann sanders. number one the dollar, number two, gold, number three, commodities. >
yesterday. fed chairman ben bernanke testifying again today on the hill. this time the senate banking committee. we got economic numbers today. we start with the good. the durable goods orders rose in nuary thanks in part to aircraft orders. the gain was the biggest since last july. first time claims for unemployment benefits jumped by 22,000 last week. not a number we want to see jump to 496,000. labor department says the weather that shut down government offices, as you well know, may have been partly to blame. if that's the case, we'll see how this week turns out, too. and akio toyoda was choking back tears after receiving standing ovation at a rally with dealers and employees on wednesday. toyoda was grilled by lawmakers for more than three hours. he says toyota's top management will include a nonjapanese person. he is criticized for not having other nationality on the board. he was asked by an assembly line worker when the company can do to restore the public's trust. responding in english, he said, let's make a better car. and general motors will shut down hummer after they a de
and for the communities of america. host: ben bernanke cautioned senators not to curtail the fed's banking oversight, referring to short-term political liability for this. guest: i think he is absolutely correct. people tend, under these kinds of conditions, to want to blame someone. the problem with that is there are plenty of people to blame. we deregulated the industry. congress deregulated the industry. there was a culture, if you will, of deregulation, and this encouraged some speculative activities that led to the bubbles and then the collapse. yes, you have this reaction. i think it is an overreaction. i think the outcome would be -- as you try to blame someone, you get worse outcomes instead of better outcomes. i think that is what the chairman was communicating. it is certainly my message. host: senate banking committee -- are the right to be angry at the fed at all? guest: if they are going to be angry, they have to be angry at everyone, including themselves. they asked to eliminate glass-segall, which allowed these agencies to get better. the regulation backed off, if you will. in that ki
to be a bit lighter this week. and fed chairman ben bernanke wi head to capitol hill on wednesday to possibly give some clues as to when the fed will raise rates. >>> well, toyota is expected to announce this week a recalllan to fix the brake problems on the latest model of its prius hybrid. reports say the automaker will recall 270,000 priuses in the u.s. and japan and another 30,000 vehicles shipped to about 60 other countries last year. toyota is also looking into two other hybrids, the lexus h-2250 and a model sold in japan that have the same brake system. >>> and john thain has landed a new job. cit has hired the former merrill lynch and new york stock exchange ceo as its new chief executive. he arrived to work bright and early today around 7:30 a.m. the commercial lender is still restructuring its business after a brief stay in bankruptcy protection in december. cit says it hired thain based on his experience turning around the nyse. i wonder if we'll see more of these people pop back into the financial atmosphere. >> something tells me we will. >> have a great day. >> thanks. >>> our t
velshi later today. >> a lot of great stuff. >> ben bernanke will testify on the hill today. >> we'll get his prescription or a forecast on what will happen with the overall economy. a lot of questions. when will this economy be back to normal and what is normal? that means your job, home and bank. let's take a look at where we stand. the national association of business economics predicts job growth is on its way, forecasting 140,000 jobs per month will be added in 2010. in the new normal, no thing is ever as it seems. yesterday we found out mass layoffs rose last month for the first time since august. more than 180,000 folks fell victim to mass layoffs in january. we saw consumer confidence tumble. consumers are still very nervous. how about your house? your biggest asset most likely or what was once your biggest asset. one out of every four mortgages is under water. it means you owe more than the house is worth. foreclosure will continue. speaking of lenders, banks still in trouble. one out of 11 banks is at risk of going under. that's the problem bank lift, 140 banks were shut down la
that of course was going to burst, and this is why i get mad at people like alan greenspan and ben bernanke and most economists because god knows what on earth was going through their heads in the year 2003 to those of four cardinals five, 2006, to dozens of as the bubble could growing and growing and the savitt is okay and now they are surprised who could have known that is the joke we have or not washington they run around saying who could have known? anyone doing their job should have known. >> host: amity shlaes, anything you want to address? >> guest: i think it's important of the interplay and the war and domestic policy because when you have -- it's true the government can't think about two things at once. it can't walk and chew gum at the same time and when you have a distraction whether you believe it's something we should invest in, afghanistan, iraq or not the government doesn't think well what is going on at home so if he would have called on our various leaders at the fed or the white house over time under -- in this purpose it would be under president bush postsecondary 11th h
her terribly. >> some of the stories this morning at 10:00 a.m., ben bernanke is on capitol hill. all ears will listen to his take on job creation. this afternoon, the president will make his case for creating more jobs. it's going to happen at the business round table. >>> this afternoon in vancouver, fresh off the upset of team canada, the u.s. men's hockey team takes on switzerland. >> usa! usa! >> something tells me you are watching. >>> a star sentenced to five years in prison for shooting his limmo driver. it's been years coming. >> eight years in the running. this is a guy who literally had it all at one point. an nba all-star. one of the richest contracts in the league. prosecutors say he was playing with a shotgun, shot his driver, tried to cover it up. yesterday, a new jersey judge sentenced him to five years in prison. afterwards, he said he was sorry. >> i sincerely apologize for my actions that caused his death. i pray that today brings you some comfort. my children, you deserve a better father. son, brothers than i have been. >> he was apologizing to his victims there. h
, in studying history, unless you learn from it, all the economic experts and bernanke and obama included, understood in the great depression the one thing they did not do is spend enough fast enough in order to stimulate the economy in order to create sustainable growth which obama and bernanke are doing. >> so, jeanne, why is this package viewed so negatively by so many in the country one year later? >> well, i think that the democrats didn't necessarily sell it as it was, you know, throughout the year. they went off and did health care and then came back to jobs. you know, 2 million people may have been helped by it. but another 8 million lost their jobs. so, more people are feeling pain than benefit. and so as a result, i think most people don't -- don't appreciate or really understood that, you know, it was a limited package. people thought it should have been bigger. it helped, but it didn't resolve the economic crisis we were in. >> wow. ryan, what's your view on that? why do you believe so many people have such a negative view of the package? >> i have to agree. we didn't sell it
, 50 basis points or 100 basis points would be out of whack. >> did you see bernanke's swearing-in? >> i didn't.he president wasn't? >> how do you talk about transparency when you have a private swearing-in ceremony in apparently there is no legal standing for the swearing-in ceremony, because he was approved while he was still chairman. if the chairmanship expired, there would need to be a -- >> why would you need to see someone sworn in? you think he's actually going to swear? >> typically a president or a top official at some time -- >> but transparency, though. >> the most public fight over a fed chairman. >> the ceremonyial way. >> it's not a legal thing. >> you want him to answer questions that you pose him, you don't want to see the ceremony of someone swearing in, how did he look, what was his expression? was he worried? >> does it help he was in matter? >> i don't think it matters. >> this isn't what transparency was watched. i want to have watched it. i wouldn't have taken time out of my day to watch it. >> it shows you what a nerd you are. >> i don't want to be surpri
as a country to have in place, hank, ben bernanke kumbaya tim geithner and sheila bair the head of the fdic. i know a lot of people and finance and business and government. i cannot think of for that would have done a better job. but to look back of our country's financial system throes of during that period. some of you were in a party i was that in 2008 when the talk, when you have 3.5 four more trillion held by 30 million people on a sunday night are worried about whether they can get their money, that money was half of all deposits held in the banks at that time. you have a panic. you have commercial paper frees up entirely and some of the biggest companies described in the book worried if they would be payable in a short period of time. the sixth largest bank in the country with the maastricht staged domestic deposits and the third largest bank, wachovia, i needed a shotgun marriage on a monday morning and it just arrived this. interestingly the bookstores early september when fannie mae and freddie mac worry essentially bart -- broke. the two institutions guaranteed 40 percent of all res
word that ben bernanke is set to testify. >> i'm sue herera. there are some bright spots. travelers, at&t, walmart and dupont are among the dow's 30 winners. >> ppl beat the street. the ceo will join us first on cnbc. tyson foods smashing analysts' estimates. ate na pushing higher. we should get to the market. >> i'm dennis neil. let's get straight to this market action. let's go to bob pisani. >> here's a couple of headlines here. stocks close in europe at 1130, the stock market droops here. the second time in a row. guys in europe are getting concerned. they want to lighten up. second thing that happened that's important here, is dollarle rallied at the exact same moment we had yesterday. of course, what happens when that happens? it puts pressure on commodities and puts pressure on commodity stocks. all the big names in energy and the material groups on the weak side. and sharon, we saw a heck of a lot of contracts traded in oil in the last hour and a half. >> that's right. over 400,000 contracts traded today, bob, and this is the second straight day of massive contracts and massive
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get so mad at people like ben bernanke. most economists, god knows what on earth was going through their heads as they watch the bubble keep grow and grow and grow and said everything was okay. now they are surprised fukuda agnone? that is a joke we have around washington. anyone who is doing their job should have known. >> host: amity shlaes anything there you want to address? >> guest: i think it is important to think about the interplay between the war in domestic policy because it is true the government can think about two things at once. it cannot walk and chew gum at the same time and when you have a distraction, whether you believe it is something we should invest then, afghanistan, iraq, the government does not think well about what is going on at home so if you called on our various leaders that the fed or at the white house over time under, in this period under president bush,'s september 11 you would say are you concerned about fannie mae? they would say absolutely, here's the data and they are going out of control, fannie and freddie and we will be have legislation abou
bernanke also kept the market in check. he outlined the plan that the central bank will follow once the economy has recovered. bernanke was scheduled to deliver the testimony in person to a congressional panel, but the wearing was postponed because of, well, the storm. weather permitting, tomorrow we'll get the latest readings on jobless claim ace long with earnings on pepsico and viacom. and did i happen to mention it's snowing here? >> yes. is it making you a little grouchy? >> i'm not grouchy, i'm not going home. that's what's happening. >> hang in there. one year after hayleigh cummings vanished from her home, we hear from her father in jail on drug charges. we're going to talk about that next. >> the nasty winter weather is making roads deadly. earlier we showed you the stretch of interstate 80 in central pennsylvania. we have now learned, at least one person was killed after about 50 vehicles were involved in crashes. this is all in clearville county. another is said to have a serious leg injury because of all of this. no one is really going to go anywhere on the east coast to
decades. he made money too cheap. a lot of people want to put bernanke on mt. rushmore because he's making money cheap and guiding us through this crisis. >> it does raise us to this issue. rates were so low under alan greenspan was part of the problem and then we had this giant bubble and the bubble burst. instead of letting the bubble go back to flat we've been huffing and puffing by printing more money and trying to help everybody and make it easier to try to keep it inflated a little bit. it has so many holes in it will go down here at some point. >> you're right. all right. international superstar erin burnett. how many points exactly is the market going to go up m. >> i hate this. >> we'll see if it turns around by the end of the day. we'll have a lower open. i'll make it up. up plus 30. >> wrong. up 72. erin burnett, thank you. >> have a good weekend, guys. >> that's all i got. thank you for being with us, erin. that $100 that you have, it's worth about $72 now. >> mika stole it back. typical democrat taking your money. >> she's liberal. all right. coming up, new overnight developme
in three months and just a hair under 100 million. bernanke said yesterday that the job market remains weak even though the economy is recovering. there is some good economic news. everything from washing machines to airplanes jump 3d% in january and the second monthly increase in a row. >>> coca-cola is changing the way it does business. spending more than $12 million to buy the large bottler. from using independent bottlers to controlling the process. pepsi has recently moved in that direction, as well. >>> get this, a relative of burr nad madoff is changing her name. she is married to buernie's son mark. she filed court papers for herself and her two kids to drop the madoff name. she probably doesn't want that out there, robben . >> she just wants to leave the name alone. >> completely. she's still married. it's not that. it's just the name. >>> a teacher danceoff sounded like kind of a fun idea for a pep rally until it became a lap dance dance off. >>> one of the most taulked abot people at the olympics may be heading home. >>> if you're running late, you must not have signed up for my
. with your support in mr. paulson, mr. bernanke we forced their stearns shareholders from a position that i think was a high of $170 a share in january. we force them down to $2 a share because the american taxpayer money was in the bailout. and that was something that was supported by the fed, by treasury because we felt that because the taxpayer was bailing them out, that the shareholders of bear stearns should not be held harmless. now, you have a different situation here, slightly different. a number of weeks later, where we have aig going under, and these are credit default swaps so the money going into aig is going right out to the counterparties. this is a pass through and the folks on the other side are goldman sachs. that is the principle beneficiary of all this. and we don't negotiate in nickel, not a sense of what they are getting. you are in the same position. you are supposed to be negotiating on behalf of the american people. you were saying the regulations were different. let me tell you something we were changing the rules and regulations every single day. we were taking act
bernanke is not sitting next to me but yesterday, he delivered grim news about the nation's unemployment to congress. and our old buddy stuart varney is joining us right now. watched his testimony. it was scary when he was talking about the debt we're running up. but also the fact that unemployment is going to remain high for a while. >> if you listened carefully it was a pretty grim outlook for the u.s. economy. >> it was. >> he spelled it out. this is a very weak recovery and a jobless recovery to boot. you won't get back down to even 7 1/2% unemployment for a couple of years. the end of 2012. a jobless, weak recovery. not good. >> he's not raising interest rates. and that made -- >> the stock market looks to lower interest rates. that's basically it. if you keep interest rates way, way down, markets love it. >> what that said to me when he made the comments is people sitting in the obama administration will say well, that's our green light for more stimulus plan. > >> well, it's also a signal that the first stimulus plan all $862 billion worth of it did not work as advertised. proof
bernanke scheduled to testify before a house committee today. but this was all about unwinding the fed's $2.2 trillion emergency liquidity programs. the hearing has been postponed but his prepared testimony will be released at the top of the hour. several economic reports also being delayed today. on wall street expect light trading volume as folks focus more on the snow and less on stocks. despite all that, the dow is expected to continue to rise after yesterday's 150-point gain. investors are hopeful thedisney network rebounded but the theme parks continue to struggle. same for the movie studios. >>> google launching a new social networking service called the google buzz. it will allow users to post photos and links to their websites. yahoo! an microsoft claim they've been running similar services for years. >>> early numbers here, looks like we're down but just ever so barely. off 12 points. 10,046. still above 10,000. nasdaq off fractionally at this time as well. >>> finally, one more note. southwest airlines has slashed its ticket prices until tomorrow. the carrier is selling one-way t
them like you hate a root canal. that means ben bernanke, you guys were the dentists. how does that make you feel the thing that everyone hates sts thing you had to do. >> i felt like i was having a root canal without anesthesia at the same time. there's a scene in my book "on the brink." and this was a day or two before we were going to need to step in and rescue citigroup. what really hit me was that i was forever going to be associated with these bailouts and the treasury secretary that did these interventions. then i said, that will be the good news. the bad news will be if we can't cobble together something that works for citigroup and it goes down, i'll be one who presides over another great depression. >> remember it was fanny and fred die and city citigroup and a whole host of other banks, ways to try to fix this without public intervention. he talks about the realization he was going to be forever knowns the guy behind the bailouts and how shocking it was. it came to him walking through the reagan library working through the citigroup stuff, the temple of free market t
for hiring. they could take it up as early as friday. also on the hill, fed chief ben bernanke saying that the congress action has helped to jump start the economic recovery, but he worries about the unemployment rate which is near 10%. >>> in vancouver, an emotional moment on ice. joannie rochette took third place in the short program after in the sudden death of her 55-year-old mother on sunday. she will battle for gold in the free skate final tomorrow. >>> i want to tell you what is going on with weather. we have a blizzard moving in the next 48 hours. we have pictures across the country and you have -- can we pull these up, michael? put them on the screen? okay. the one on the left is washington, d.c., and that is the white house and central park, the view from time warner center where cnn is. the only snowflakes you can see are in the animation behind it. it is looking good and calm, bhau but it is going to change. let's look at texas. if you are in west texas, wow, five inches of snow. i have to say that the texans are getting used to this and they have reason to buy a lot of sn
pledged in december make up half of the number needed for the training effort. ben bernanke, the chairman for the federal reserve goes to capitol hill this morning. lawmakers will question him on what he can or will the to ease the jobs crisis and make sure the economic crisis -- economic recovery lasts. you can hear the first hour on c-span radio. there is a new study showing hispanics at high-level staff positions in capitol hill are almost nonexistent. this is in spite of the fact that they make up nearly 1/6 of the u.s. population. a of a hundred senate chief of staff, only one is hispanic. there is no hispanic legislative directives -- directors and only one hispanic staff director. hispanics only hold 12 of the roughly for a 40 chief of staff jobs and only nine legislative director slots. -- 140 chief of staff jobs and only nine legislative director slots. some say that is an outrage. the european union wants to halt all executions by 2015 as a step towards abolishing the death penalty. the prime minister did not know how the eu would persuade countries like the united states, china
said --ç and i remembered s@iing this to bernanke -- i believe for theç denning wall . you guys and your friends and wall street caused the problem. even if you think the ballot as necessary, i tell you what to do. go back to the richest and saying we are putting a surtax on millionaires and billionaires to pay for the bailout. that was my view. xd and iç think what michael is talking about, there was huge frustration and anger in this countryq that government has worked to protect the interest of wall street whileç ignoring- çkow3michael talkingi] about tt that he is a father tried to send kids through college. we are putting more money into programs but we have a lot more to do. i think what people are saying and crying out for, what about us. we are working 50 or 60ç hoursa week, start worrying about us and not just the big money interests. i (jjtjr host: senator bernie sanders, thank you for coming on "washington journal." we will take a short break and will become that the discussion regarding the economy and the latinoç community but the president of la raza. fir
bernanke was scheduled to testify before the services committee and not any more. the hearing was postponed and may still release a plan at the top of the hour. it is expected to outline the bank's central plan and unwind programs that waere designed to get out of the crisis we're experiencing. disney says its fourth quarter results reflect, they are putting off travel plans to the last minute. the company had to rely on discounts. >>> finally, robin, we did a little digging, snow digging. 41 years ago today, that was the last time the new york stock exchange was closed for snow. last full snow day that they've had. no worries, they're at it today. they're down there and the nyc is open. it's kind of weird. 41 years ago today. >> they officially closed them, but not today. >> not today. >>> bracing for a blizzard is even tougher when you're already recovering from record-setting snow storm. how the nasty weather is affecting thousands of flights and a morning commute. this is from washington, d.c., i can tell. mostly from the call letters. >>> plus, one of tiger's alleged mistresses says he
and secretary geithner concerning bans on proprietary trading by banks. according to chairman bernanke of the federal reserve, ben own proprietary trading for commercial banks may not be constructive. dr. summers, chief economic advisor in the current administration in the past has been a vocal proponent removing glass-steagall restraints. is there something in this obama administration and among the regulators concerning the volcker rule and restricting size and if so, what process -- what was expressed there? >> thank you, senator shelby. that's obviously a very important question. the proposals that the president articulated with respect to size and scope two weeks ago were ones that were based on a consensus recommendation of all of his economic team. so -- and i think you've heard secretary geithner and director summers speak to that quite directly. i think with respect to the regulators they are, of course, independent and i feel slightly less comfortable expressing their views. but i do think that in the main they are also supportive of this and we will work with them and obviou
. the ayes have it. the motion is agreed to. accordingly the house stands >> ben bernanke testifies about the economy and monetary policy. now, secretary lahood. this part of the hearing is 50 minutes. >> let me just raise a couple of questions with you very quickly. the committee has reviewed thousands of complaints regarding sudden acceleration in the toyota vehicles. before the crash thatñossÑçkçñar membersÑiñr of at( family in aut "tsjutÑ. ñrmy questionÑi is, why did it e jjtxdñrÑi to act? &Ñignz+:çóx@%ylñx].sÑiñr why did it take them so long to act? >> mr. chairman, i would say this. i have been in the job more than a year. prior to my time which would have been prior to january 23rd of '09, if there issues i can't answer, i will get back to you for the record. i will tell you this, 30,000 complaints come to nh tsa every year and we look at every one of them. we think every one is important. some come from people who are driving cars and some come from the industry. we look at what's going on from stakeholders and people in the automobile business. sometimes they f
that as a new member, i sat as many of my colleagues did when we got a call from secretary paulson and bernanke in saying this guy was-- and we had to react in two days. so sometimes depending upon the issue of the reaction has to be different. babbitt you or do you not agree with the testimony of mr. scovell which are not just limited to rulemaking and now i have a minute and 47 seconds. >> in 15 seconds i get an a-plus on milestones for professionalism. training i get an incomplete and i get a b on fatigue. >> do you agree with his assessment? >> i agree with some of his assessments. >> look forward to your immediate reaction to them and i would say, i would rather see you come to us and be creative in think out of the box and maybe have to figure out how we can do things differently because i think the confidence of the american public is reducing every day that we delay, and i think there is room for us to think creatively and do it different and i look forward to helping you. >> thank you very much. i appreciate that. >> i thank the gentlelady and that recognize the gentleman from ohio, mr
to the audience at c-span2, douglas bernanke -- douglas brinkley. thank you for joining us this morning. guest: good morning. thanks for having me. host: if president stay were a holiday celebrating just one president, it there or one president to honor, who would it be for you and why? guest: i think the original, george washington. remember presidents day began as washington's birthday in 1880 and subsequently evolved, 1971 was started getting this concept of presidents day morphing of washington and lincoln's birthday and then the idea of just celebrating the institute of the president and having school children learn each president and what they look like and memorize the names. but washington is, in my view, the person we need to be celebrating on presidents' day. he did something very extraordinary as our first president, he stepped down. he showed you could relinquish power. that we were not going to become a market. he could have stayed in for life terms because he was that popular but i think it was the beginning of the tradition -- of the presence in beginning with washington. and ou
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